Overnight Mekong boat tour
Our group took a guided tour on the Mekong River to see the floating market at Cai Be. Here we went aboard a local boat selling pineapples and bartered with the sellers for goods. The tour gave us a good chance to see how the local people live and work on their houseboats. We also visited local family houses to see how coconut candies, popcorn and rice paper are made. We visited a school and also saw local industries such as tile and brick-making factories which was very interesting! We also had the chance to be rowed by the locals through the river in long boats and stayed the night with a local family in a long house on the river!! Also had the chance to taste local cuisine.
The tour was organised through Cu'u Long Tourist in Vinh Long.
Cruising down the Mekong.
This was a great thing to do . Four days cruising down from Chau Doc to Cai Be, stopping off here and there to visit and also using the bikes on board to venture further away from the river to the villages too far to reach on foot and don't even have a name!!
Visit the brick and floor tile factory near Sadec.
This was an interesting visit of the factory along the riverside, following the making of the tiles from the moulding, sizing and cutting to the baking and finally loading onto barges to go up to HCMC. Most of this work is done by women for about 2 dollars per day.
Sadec is also the place , if you are arriving from Cambodia, where you will first run into the famous "papillons blancs"or white butterflies. "Papillons blancs" is the term used by the Vietnamese to describe the teenage college girls that wear the pure silk "Ao Dai" national costume. When you see them on their bikes with the wind blowing you can see why !! Please ladies, if visiting Vietnam and you think about having an "Ao Dai" made for you, think about your shape, weight and size first. This costume is definately made for a certain shape, and if you go on the forums you will learn from other people that the Vietnamese tailors can only make these to a certain shape and Anglo-saxon women just haven't got it. This is no reflexion on the shape of our women, just a FACT. Leave the "Ao Dai" to the Vietnamese, please.
Look at these photos, feast your eyes and you will see.
Sadec is a place to be recommended, a nice laid-back provincial town that has a lot going for it. The same friendly people you find everywhere but without any hassle whatsoever. This is the town Marguerite Duras lived and where the book and consequently the film "L'amant" is based. You can visit the school where Duras' mother taught and also visit the house that is mentioned in the book and where some filming was done. Opposite the small school, there is a small shop where you can buy exercise books, pens and stuff for a minimal price, if you want to please the kids and the staff.
This is a small village built almost entirely on stilts and inhabited exclusively by Muslims, about 200 Cham families. No problem to go walkabout although it is becoming more touristy, so inevitably more begging from the kids.
Cai Rang floating market.
I loved this couple of hours on the water, getting up early to be out there and watching the sights.
Close up to the people.
I really enjoy the contact with the people. The Vietnamese are very similar to the Cambodians in that they have a very happy and welcoming character.
Lazy River - at least for passengers!
A part of our package involved a floating village tour where you saw where fish were bred, shopping boats, and just daily life.
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